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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 19, 2019 PAGE 5A HERITAGE encourages readers to send in their opin- ions for the Viewpoint column. They must be signed; however, names will be withheld upon request. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to edit, if neces- sary. Opinions printed in Viewpoint do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the paper. A mission and legacy that endures: A new era for HMREC By Ellen Wise Lang My mother, Tess Wise, a Holocaust survivor and an indomitable force in Central Florida, founded the Ho- locaust Center in the early 1980s, along with my father, Abe. Today I lead that same organization as board presi- dent at a pivotal time when we have a chance to imagine a new museum, reinvigorate our mission and significantly broaden our impact. It is an extraordinary opportunity and one that we are meeting with thoughtful deliberation, widespread community input and deep respect for our roots. Our mission is to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to build a just and caring community free of anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry. The Center has always been an inclusive place, collaborative and welcoming and belonging to everyone. The Holocaust was not only a Jewish trag- edy. It was a human tragedy. Creating a better world in its aftermath is not only a Jew- ish triumph. It is a human triumph. Teaching this has always been our mission. These lessons may be more relevant today than at any other time since the end of World War II. No one feels the weight of this responsibility more than I. My mother dedicated her life to this mission. But I am encouraged in the knowledge that I don't lead this effort alone. We have a large, diverse board of directors made up of our community's finest leaders, each one deeply dedi- cated to this work. We have a tremendous staff of educa- tors and program directors. We have partners, agencies, schools, city leaders and respected colleagues who've joined forces with us. And we have staunch supporters who have invested much more than funds. They have invested themselves. Recently, we began a fund- raising effort and visionaries have invested more than $10 million. An additional $10 million from an Orange County Tourist Development Tax grant is awaiting final ap- proval by the Board of County Commissioners. The goal is to be able to raise $35 million to build a new museum. For more than 30 years, our current home in Maitland has served as the setting for teach- ing the Holocaust, giving our community a profound sense of place. Butwe must acknowl- edge the physical limitations of the small building, unable to meet the growing demand for more programs and ex- hibit space. Central Florida has grown exponentially in those same years and is now the world's largest tourist destination. A new museum offers the ability to connect with gen- erations of new students in creative ways, where learning about the Holocaust can be more than a brief field trip, buta life-changing experience with ongoing engagement. A more accessible location and a larger facility will also help us reach hundreds of thou- sands of visitors to Orlando who increasingly seek more meaningful and transforma- tive travel. So we look to the future and dare to imagine an iconic Holocaust museum at the very center of our region with a central role to play in our education, discourse and civic life. The intimacy and power of hearing directly from an eyewitness to history will someday be lost. What will remain is a story, one that we tell and retell hoping that each new generation absorbs it and understands the obliga- tion they have. Let's be bold in telling that story and in passing on the legacy. Yet, we are taking it slowly. For the past several days, the foremost Holocaust museum exhibit designer in the world, architect Ralph Applebaum, has led various community groups in discussions and exploring possibilities. This pre-planning stage will take a long time. He notably said, "The Holocaust is a threshold into a whole range of issues that help make a better soci- ety. And that affects us all." I hope every reader of the Heritage will join us in this process and help supportwhat will be the new Holocaust Mu- seum for Hope & Humanity in Orlando. There is a need for every voice, every heart and every mind. Ellen Wise Lang is the president of the board of directors of the Holocaust Memorial Resource &Educa- tion Center of Florida. Ryan Stone, adult son of Mark and Susie Stone, at- tended the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the Uni- versity of North Carolina, where he earned his master's degree. He shared on Face- book a letter he wrote to the school and wanted to share it with Heritage readers. I'm so sad to have to write this post. Wanted to share a letter I just wrote on why I'm stopping recurring donations to the school. To whom it may concern, Please stop my recurring gift to UNC, specifically the Penny Oslund EMBA Fellow- ship Fund. Several recent events at UNC have me BEYOND DEEP- LY TROUBLED and make me question how I can support my alma mater since it is basically sanctioning anti- Semitism, using school and federal money to do it, and disguising it all as a exercise of academic freedom. You see, I just learned that on March 22-24, UNC hosted a very one-sided conference on Gaza. event/conference-conflict- over-gaza-people-politics- and-possibilities/and, perhaps even worse, had no issue with its money being used to sup- port virulent anti-Semitism. My wife's side of the family lost almost everyone in the Holocaust. My grandparents both fought in WWII against the Nazis. I am a Jew. This is very personal to me. You can watch this short video for details: Qd37-k (the entertainment at 2:20 or so is the icing on the cake--UNC's money actually SUPPORTED THIS). And all of this is on the heels of UNC having Linda Sarsour deliver a keynote address in February at the UNC Minority Health Conference. Bottom line--UNC has lost my trust and respect. This is a disgrace; right now I'm ashamed to call it my alma mater, and it makes me sick that this kind of thing is not just tolerated but actually was sponsored by the university. I greatly benefited from my education at UNC KFBS and have been aproud supporter of the business school and UNC in the past. While I'm glad the business school wasn't one of the 38 departments co- sponsoring the event, I cannot continue to donate when it means I'm still helping UNC. I can't believe I even just wrote that, but that's how livid this makes me and I won't just sit Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heri- tage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742, Fern Park, FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ ISRGC now classified as a terrorist organization, and rightfully so Dear Editor: The American Jewish Con- gress applauds the Trump Administration's decision to classify Iran's Islamic Revolu- tionary Guard Corps as a For- eign Terrorist Organization. This marks a dramatic step forward in properly identify- ing the Iranian threat. Until now, the U.S. has never named an entire entity of a foreign government as a Foreign Terrorist Organization; it is entirely fitting and necessary that Iran is the first. Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism goes far beyond that of any idly as abystander and pretend this didn't happen. Having the interim Chan- cellor come out against the subsequent swastikas found on campus or the anti-Semitic fliers in the library this week entirely misses the point, as he/the university aren't being held accountable for their responsibility in the situation. The university itself supports and encourages anti-Semitic behavior when they sponsor an event like that at the end of March, and given the recent history with Sarsour, this is clearly a trend and not just a one-off mistake in judgment. Unfortunately, and with a great deal of personal regret, this means I have cancelled my attendance at my upcoming class reunion, I've withdrawn from an en- trepreneurship panel that Professor Zoller invited me to participate in, and I am stopping my long-standing, recurring donations to UNC. I hope you understand my reasons why, and further hope that act ions like mine can help the university leadershipwake up and realize that they don't just have an anti-Semitism problem; they are now com- plicit in helping cause it. UNC can't incite and spon- sor hate and then claim to other country on Earth, in scale, ambition, and blatancy. Moreover, the Islamic Revolu- tionary Guard Corps actively promotes, supports, and par- ticipates in terrorism in pur- suit of Iran's goal of regional hegemony. It is imperative that when nations take part in global terrorism, we hold those nations accountable and recognize their actions for what they are. PresidentTrump has shown courage in recognizing the realities of the modern Middle East in away that otherworld leaders do not. The Iranian government is a threat to the region and to global security at large, and an undeniable source of terrorist violence against civilians. We cannot afford to stay in denial about Iran. Jack Rosen President, American Jewish Congress be neutral. The Chancellor's words of being 'extremely disappointed and appalled' pale in comparison to and are in sharp contract with the actions of the university. Actions speak louder than words. And while it's 2019, the environment is reminiscent of many stories I've studied about Germany in the 1930s. I won't help history repeat itself. Best, Ryan Stone included on his Face- book post a three-part article about the conference: Part 1 http://www.thetower. org/7397-part-l-unc-duke- conference-on-gaza-white- washes-hamas-blasts-israel Part 2 http://www.thetower. org/7404 -part-2 -unc-duke- conference-on-gaza-white- washes-hamas-blasts-israel Part 3 http://www.thetower. org/7409-part-3-unc-duke- conference-on-gaza-white- washes-hamas-blasts-israel From page 4A What could be wrong with that? Kathrine Jebsen Moore asks innocently in the Febru- ary 17 Quillette. Quite a lot, Templer soon discovered. She had written of a childhood friend from Indiawhose family had offered her to accompany them on one of their return visits: "To a suburban mid- western teenagerwith a severe anxiety disorder, thatwas like being offered a seat on a flight to Mars " She was quickly accused of having a "colonialist- imperialist mindset." "How do you think a person from India would feel [about the comparison of going to India with going to another planet]? her accuser demanded to know. Another blogger, Sarah, chimed in that Templer had done a lot "othering" and had upset some of her non-white friends. Templer had actually re- ceived a great deal of positive feedback from Indian friends. But even those who had initially been "inspired" now realized that they had been gravely insulted. One woman who had written admiringly of the post now found herself "ashamed that I failed to consider the impact on all us non-white people." Another owner of an on- line knitting business from Seattle--hardly a bastion of right-wing thought--decried the bullying and trolling of Templer and announced she was closing her Instagram account. But not before one blogger opined that she could be ignored because of her "gleaming white face." And another "proved" her racism: "If you are against folks calling out racism, it's pretty clear whose side you are on." For her part, Templer pre- dictably bowed in obeisance to her accusers and sought absolution for her "insensitive post": "I've spent the week thinking about all the things I can do to be more inclusive and supportive of people of color." The story ended with a confession of the primordial sin of whiteness and a resolu- tion to do better. That Templer had intended to praise India was beside the point. But here too, modern progressivism is entangled in a net of its own contradictions. For by acknowledging In- dia's exotic status in her eyes, Templer was simply engag- ing in the multiculturalism that has long been a pillar of modernism. It is precisely that multiculturalism that has left Western feminists struck dumb by such Muslim prac- tices as female mutilation, child brides, and honor kill- ings, evenwhen imported into Western countries. Muslims, you see, are a favored identity, and calling attention to these practices is Islamophobia. The really sad point is that such internally incoherent doctrines and inchoate re- sentment against the West and all identified with it have gained such cachet. And, above all, that so many are badgered into submission and the confessional mode by the avatars of political correct- ness constantly in search of dissenters. Jonathan Rosenblum is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and Israeli director of Am Echad. , I put on a isone food, is